Postgame Quotes: No. 24 Ohio State (22-6, 9-6) 64, Minnesota (17-11, 6-9) 46

Feb. 22, 2014

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No. 24 Ohio State (22-6, 9-6) 64, Minnesota (17-11, 6-9) 56
Feb. 22, 2014
Value City Arena  – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 18,809

Thad Matta, Ohio State Head Coach
On Ohio State’s preparation
“In this league, you need to play like every game is the biggest game of your life. If you’re not ready to compete, fight or execute, you’re going to be embarrassed. It’s going to be exactly the same when we play Penn State on Wednesday. We have to get ourselves ready to go.”

LaQuinton Ross, junior forward
On the shift of momentum between the first and second half
“We knew we didn’t come out playing the way we usually play. We know what is at stake for the rest of the season, so everyone knew in their mind they were going to come out and play hard.”

Sam Thompson, junior forward
On the mood at halftime
“Coach Matta told us that we weren’t playing together defensively and didn’t have any pace to us. He flat out told us to play better. There were no X’s and O’s, no diagrams. He just told us we needed to be better.”

Richard Pitino, Minnesota head coach
On the impact of Minnesota’s turnovers
“We hijack ourselves. We don’t allow ourselves to win. We do some things turnover-wise that are just inexplicable and they lead to baskets for them. You can’t do that against very good teams.”

On the play of Sam Thompson
“It wasn’t that we weren’t guarding [Thompson]. They were getting out on the break and we lost him in the zone a couple of times. Too many turnovers led to easy buckets for them and it really killed us.”